President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is open to a cordial working relationship with Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, his incoming spokesman said on Thursday.
In an interview with ANC, Ernesto Abella added that he is confident that Duterte and Robredo will meet soon and start a working relationship.
“I don’t know about the exact date or plans, but I’m sure that the President, being President of the entire nation, is quite open to having a cordial relationship with the Vice President. Or at least more than cordial, but at least they have a working relationship,” he said.
“But as to the nature of it, I cannot say so,” Abella added.
Duterte and Robredo will have separate inaugurations on June 30, as decided by the President-elect.
Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s executive assistant, said the “limited slots” in Malacañang, where the President-elect wants to be inaugurated, will not allow Robredo to invite as many guests as she wanted.
Boyet Dy, transition team head of Robredo, said in a television interview that the incoming Vice President plans to hold her inauguration on the same day, June 30, likely in Quezon City.
The President-elect has not committed a Cabinet post for Robredo, even if Philippine Vice Presidents traditionally become part of the Cabinet.